Packers & # 39; Aaron Rodgers hits 40 touchdowns for the third time


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers now has 40 more touchdown seasons than any quarterback in NFL history.

And it didn't take long for the Green Bay Packers quarterback to hit that mark on Saturday night.

Rodgers needed a touchdown pass to hit 40 for the season that came into play and got it on his first possession with a 1-yarder against Robert Tonyan. Rodgers almost made it in the previous game, but Tonyan got out of hand at the 1-yard line. Regardless, he immediately returned to play some vintage action that has become a staple on the Packers' offensive this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, exactly half of Rodgers' 40 touchdowns are in play.

That's five games in a row with a TD catch for @RobTonJr! #CARvsGB | #GoPackGo

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It was Rodgers' third career season with 40 touchdown passes. He did it in 2011 and 2016 too. He won the first of his two MVPs after the 2011 season. Rodgers entered the game with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with multiple 40 touchdown pass seasons. Everyone had done it twice.

It was Tonyan's 10th touchdown catch of the season. He's had a touchdown in five straight games, the first NFL ending since Rob Gronkowski in the 2014-15 seasons.